Spotlight: Game-Themed Condoms, Retro Revivals, and Playing Online

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Artists Promote Safe Sex with Video Game-Themed Condoms
By Chas Guidry
In an effort to encourage safe sex practices, a group of visual communication students created a set of Game Boy-themed condoms. The idea? Safe sex is as fun as a game. Chas has the story.

Nintendo's Retro Revival
By Erine Miller
At E3 this year, Nintendo revealed a new-found dedication to reviving their old franchises.  New Kid Icarus, Kirby, Donkey Kong Country, and GoldenEye games prove that Nintendo hasn't completely forgotten why they have such a dedicated fanbase. Let's just hope they pull it off.


The FPS Genre and the Superhero Comic
By Phil Doyle
Phil envisions a dark future for the game industry if current trends continue. The obsession with first-person shooters reminds him of the '90s comic boom. I hope the outcome isn't a 10-year stretch of completely unplayable games, mirroring comics' era of completely bland re-imaginings.

Bored with Bowser
By Chase Koeneke
Chase is tired of seeing Bowser as Mario's constant nemesis. In the 20-plus years of the Super Mario Bros. franchise, Mario must have more enemies than one desperate dragon turtle. Read more to see all the untapped villain potential Nintendo have at their disposal.

Playing with Myself In Public
By Chris Charlton
Online gaming is a constantly evolving world that's been with us for over 10 years now. The past decade of Xbox Live and PC gaming hasn't perfected the medium, however, and Chris is on the scene to point out how multiplayer experiences should change in the next few years. 

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